Provident Fund (PF) is one of the main platform of savings in India for nearly all people working in Government, Private or Public sector organizations. It is implemented by the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) of India. Registration has to be done within One month from the date of hiring 20th employees. Such organizations are required to contribute a fixed amount towards Employee Provident Fund out of employee salary and wages. If an employer fails to get EPF employer registration, or indulges in false representation of facts to avoid PF payment, he shall be liable for a penalty of INR 5,000/-.
Provident Fund PF is largely an employee benefit scheme prescribed by the Government which provides facilities to the employees of an organization about medical assistance, retirement, education of children, insurance support and housing. It is created with the purpose to provide financial security and stability to employees.
Contribution to EPF is to be done by both Employer and Employee.
Employer deducts his employees’ share of EPF from his salary.
Employer needs to deposit the amount of his contribution of EPF along with employees deducted share.
The Employer’s contribution to EPF would be 10% and that of employee’s would be 10% (As per reduced rate).
The PF contribution by an employer will be tax-free.
The amount including the amount interest will be exempt from tax on withdrawal after a specific period.
Organizations can also enroll themselves voluntarily under PF laws.
Note: Any delay in registration of EPF (Employee Provident Fund) may result in a penalty.
Employers need to furnish the following details to get PF registration.
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